Last Updated Apr 26, 2011 9:29 PM EDT
Today we're looking at multi-million dollar homes. They're big, they're custom and they're empty more often than not.
Yep, these gorgeous homes that are probably several times larger than your full-time residence are mere vacation getaways for their owners. From sprawling estates to mansions in the sky, if you're willing to spend between $5 million and $10 million, you can buy your own piece of paradise.
What You Can Get for $6,500,000 in Orlando, FL9726 Kilgore Road, Orlando FL 32836
There are six bedrooms and ten baths (only six are full) in this 12,370 square foot "single-family home".
Built in 1999 the lakefront estate has a home theater - with stadium seating of course - a 3,800 square foot master wing and room for more than ten cars in its spacious garage. The garage also has one of those rotating floors that you can put a car on and watch it spin.
Even the closets are breathtaking in this house which also boasts a resort-style pool equipped with it's own grotto.
What You Can Get for $6,950,000 in Hilton Head, SC
18 Grey Widgeon Rd #2, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
How much can you buy for $6,950,000 in Los Angeles?2189 Sheringham Lane, Los Angeles CA 90077
With seven bedrooms, nine and a half baths, and an elevator, this home is all about custom features.
Inside you'll find three fireplaces, each with custom mantels, a terrace on every room, individual decorating themes for each room (the house can be bought with its furnishings, for those who just want to move right in), a movie theater that seats 20 (natch!), and a gym and sauna, all in more than 10,000 square feet.
The backyard features a floating Indonesian pavilion (whatever that is) and a heated patio with fire pit. Like barbecue? This is your place.
How much can you buy for $6,499,000 in Aspen, Colorado?444155 Highway 82, Aspen CO 81611
Beaches aren't the only desirable vacation spot and this Aspen home serves as a breathtaking reminder for why the mountains are a favorite destination.
The only cold weather vacation getaway included on this list is five bedrooms, five baths. The 5,212 square foot cabin-esque home sits on a little over two acres overlooking Aspen's Northstar Nature Preserve.
The views are awe-inspiring from the home's huge wraparound deck. And what would a winter escape be without a wood burning fireplace?
The place was built in 1987, but it's been totally remolded and has loads of upgrades, like new appliances.
How much can you buy for $5,990,000 in Hawaii?3029 Alapali Place, Honolulu HI 96815
Hawaii is a dream vacation getaway and this house offers a taste of the fantasy.
Located on the slopes of the Diamond Head Crater, less than half a mile from the beach, this five bedroom five bath home was built only one year ago.
Walls of glass, meticulous stone work and gorgeous wood floors make this modern home truly something out of a resort brochure.
The setting and views alone make it seem like a dream within reach - and then you might take a look at that price tag.
Still, what's summer without the summer dreaming?
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Ilyce R. Glink is the author of several books, including 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In!. She blogs about money and real estate at ThinkGlink.com and The Equifax Personal Finance Blog, and is Chief Content Strategist at RealtyJoin.com, a community for real estate investors.